Yoga soothes and relaxes the body through bends and stretches, making it anathema to stress, which ties the stomach into knots. Get bent into shape with today's Groupon: for $30, you get either four group yoga classes or one 60-minute personal yoga session at The Ayurvedic Path in Herndon (up to a $75 value). Helmed by calming captain Michelle Fondin, the center offers small group courses (no more than twelve people) and one-on-one instruction in a cozily communal setting with a variety of options, including meditation, prenatal, senior yoga, men's yoga, and power yoga. Classes train practitioners in the art of Hatha yoga, a system of postures and breathing based on the work of Dr. Deepak Chopra. Power yoga incorporates cardio training to stimulate weight loss, and prenatal yoga classes help ease the aches and stresses of expectant mothers and expected offspring. Class sizes are kept to twelve or fewer students to ensure individualized attention. For those seeking even more specialized teaching, a 60-minute personal yoga session will help target individual tensions, toning and limbering the body while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads.
The Ayurvedic Path
For Michelle Fondin, yoga is just one component, albeit an important one, to achieving inner and outer peace. She incorporates the ancient practice into the Ayurvedic system of holistic and meditative practices designed to cultivate overall wellness and address mind and body problems. When she meets with a new client for an Ayurvedic consultation, she seeks to determine the true cause of their ailments, discussing health concerns alongside the stuff of life, which may include anything from relationships to career paths. In addition to helming these in-depth consultations, Ms. Fondin and her team lead hatha yoga classes and meditation sessions within a spacious, sunny studio where glimpses of critters from the forest below are not uncommon sights. “There's this instant unplugging from the crazy hectic world into a serene setting,” explains Ms. Fondin.
Ms. Fondin hopes that The Ayurvedic Path not only equips her clients with new tools for achieving balance between mind and body, but also helps foster a sense of community. To that end, she keeps her classes limited to 13 students and makes an effort to get to know every practitioner.